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The Nature Of Mind Reading
ONLY a few years ago the general public was in almost total ignorance of the great truth of Thought Transference, Thought Projection, Telepathy, or Mind Reading. It is true that here and there were to be found a few scientists earnestly investigating and eagerly uncovering the hidden truths concerning the subjects. But the mass of the people were either entirely ignorant of the subject or else were intensely skeptical of anything concerning the matter, laughing to scorn the daring thinker who ventured to express his interest or belief in this great scientific phenomena. But how different today. On all hands we hear of the wonders of Thought Transference, or Telepathy, as it is called. Scientific men write and teach of its fascinating manifestations, and even the general public has heard much of the new science and believes more or less in it, according to the degree of intelligence and knowledge concerning the subject possessed by the individual. Listen to these words from the lips of some of the greatest scientists of the day. Prof. William James, the eminent instructor at Harvard University, says: "When from our present advanced standpoint we look back upon the past stages of human thought, whether it be scientific thought or theological thought, we are amazed that a universe which appears to us of so vast and mysterious a complication should ever have seemed to anyone so little and plain a thing. Whether it be Descarte´s world or Newton´s; whether it be that of the materialists of the last century, or that of the Bridgewater treatises of our own, it is always the same to us incredibly perspectiveless and short. Even Lyell´s, Faraday´s, Mill´s and Darwin´s consciousness of there respective subjects are already beginning to put on an infantile and innocent look." These remarks are doubly significant by reason of their having been made by Prof. James as the president of the "Society for Psychical Research." The eminent English scientist, Sir William Crookes, in his address as president of the Royal Society, at Bristol, England, a few years ago, said: "Were I now introducing for the first time these inquiries to the world of science, I should choose a starting point different from that of old, where we formerly began. It would be well to begin with telepathy; with the fundamental law, as I believe it to be, that thoughts and images may be transferred from one mind to another without the agency of the recognized organs of sense that knowledge may enter the human mind without being communicated in any hitherto known or recognized ways. "Although the inquiry has elicited important facts with reference to the mind, it has not yet reached the scientific stage of certainty which would enable it to be usefully brought before one of our sections. I will therefore confine myself to pointing out the direction in which scientific investigation can legitimately advance. If telepathy takes
place, then we have two physical facts--the physical change in the brain of A, the suggestion, and the analogous physical change in the brain of B, the recipient of the suggestion. Between these two physical events there must exist a train of physical causes. Whenever the connecting sequence of intermediate causes begins to be revealed, the inquiry will then come within the range of one of the sections of the British Association. Such a sequence can only occur through an intervening medium. "All the phenomena of the Universe are presumably in some way continuous, and it is unscientific to call in the aid of mysterious agencies when with every fresh advance in knowledge, it is shown that ether vibrations have powers and attributes abundantly equal to any demand even the transmission of thought." Prof. Crookes then went on to say: "It is supposed by some physiologists that the essential cells of nerves do not actually touch, but are separated by a narrow gap which widens in sleep while it narrows almost to extinction during mental activity. This condition is so singularly like that of a Branly or Lodge coherer (a device which has led Marconi to the discovery of wireless telegraphy) as to suggest a further analogy. The structure of brain and nerve being similar, it is conceivable that there may be present masses of such nerve coherers in the brain whose special function it may be to receive impulses brought from without through the connecting sequence of ether waves of appropriate order of magnitude. "Roentgen has familiarized us with an order of vibrations of extreme minuteness compared with the smallest waves of which we have hitherto been acquainted, and of dimensions comparable with the distances between the centers of the atoms of which the material universe is built up; and there is no reason for believing that we have here reached the limits of frequency. "It is known that the action of thought is accompanied by certain molecular movements in the brain, and here we have physical vibrations capable from their extreme minuteness of acting direct upon individual molecules, while their rapidity approaches that of the internal and external movements of the atoms themselves." A formidable range of phenomena must be scientifically sifted before we effectually grasp a faculty so strange, so bewildering, and for ages so inscrutable, as the direct action of mind on mind. It has been said that nothing worth the proving can be proved, nor yet disproved. True this may have been in the past, it is true no longer. The science of our century has forged weapons of observation and analysis by which the veriest tyro may profit. Science has trained and fashioned the average mind into habits of exactitude and disciplined perception, and in so doing has fortified itself for tasks higher, wider and incomparably more wonderful than even the wisest among our ancestors imagined. Like the souls in Plato´s myth that follow the chariot of Zeus, it has ascended to a point of vision far above the earth. It is henceforth open to science to transcend all we now think we know of matter, and to gain new glimpses of a profounder scheme of Cosmic Law. In old Egyptian days a well-known inscription was carved over the portal of the Temple of Isis: "I am whatever has been, is, or ever will be; and my veil no man hath
yet lifted." Not thus do modern seekers after truth confront Nature the word that stands for the baffling mysteries of the Universe. Steadily, unflinchingly, we strive to pierce the inmost heart of Nature, from what she is, to reconstruct what she has been, and to prophecy what she yet shall be. Veil after veil we have lifted, and her face grows more beautiful, august and wonderful with every barrier that is withdrawn. Camille Flamarrion, the eminent French astronomer, is a believer in Thought Transference and Mind Reading, and has written the following statement of his convictions on this subject: "We sum up, therefore, our proceeding observations by the conclusion that, one mind can act at a distance upon another, without the habitual medium of words, or any other visible means of communication. It appears to us altogether unreasonable to reject this conclusion if we accept the facts. There is nothing unscientific, nothing romantic, in admitting that an idea can influence the brain from a distance. The action of one human being upon another, from a distance is scientific fact; it is as certain as the existence of Paris, of Napoleon, of Oxygen, or of Sirius." The same authority has also said: "There can be no doubt that our psychical force creates a movement of the ether, which transmits itself afar like all movements of ether and becomes perceptible to brains in harmony with our own. The transformation of a psychic action into an ethereal movement, and the reverse, may be analogous to what takes place on a telephone, where the receptive plate, which is identical with the plate at the other end, reconstructs the sonorous movement transmitted, not by means of sound, but by electricity." We have quoted at length from this eminent authority to show once and for all that this great science of MIND-READING is recognized, and approved by the highest authorities on Modern Science, and also to give our students the benefit of the current scientific theories on the subject. In this work we have but very little to say about theory, but shall confine ourselves to facts, and actual instruction. Science knows and has proven that thoughts may be and have been transmitted from one mind to another, in some cases over thousands of miles of space, but it has not as yet solved the mystery of the "Why" of the subject, and contents itself with explaining the "How." The nearest approach to a correct theory seems to be the one which compares the mind with the wireless telegraph, and which supposes that the vibrations of thought travel through ether, just as do the waves of this higher order of electricity. The mind of one person acts like a "transmitter" of the wireless telegraph, while the mind of the other acts as a "receiver" of the same set of instruments. There are undoubtedly vibrations set up in the brain when one thinks, and there are undoubtedly waves of thought just as there are waves of electricity. Science informs us that there is an increase in temperature in the human brain during periods of thought activity, and also that there are constant chemical changes in the structure going on when the brain cells are active. This is akin to the generation of electricity in
a battery. and undoubtedly acts in the same way producing vibrations. spoke of a plan that he had frequently practiced. These instances are so common as to be generally recognized without question. it may be well for us to take a hasty look at the nature of the proof in this work. By holding this picture in your mind. and then tearing the whole thing into pieces instead of sending it. "Speak of the devil and his imps appear. or years. although a few years ago a work on the subject would have had to be composed principally of evidences and proofs. however. The Proofs Of Mind Reading AS WE have said in the previous chapter. this is all that we shall have to say about the theory of Mind Reading. right before you. Perhaps the best available evidence of Mind Reading at the disposal of the public today is that found in the records of the English Society for Psychical Research. We shall now pass on to the actual practical instruction. in condensed form. These occurrences have given rise to the two common "sayings. But.. likewise common is the experience of thinking of a person a few moments before the person came into sight. "Why. Sir William Crookes. then addressing the envelope and inserting the letter. And. Nearly everyone has had experiences of being in a persons company when one of the two would make a remark and the other somewhat startled. in the address just noted. He stated that in a large percentage of such cases he would receive within a short time a letter from the person to whom the destroyed letter had been addressed. that of writing a letter to a person upon some subject. Many of us have suddenly found ourselves thinking of a person who had been out of our minds for months. answering the questions asked. " or words to that effect." or "Speak of angels and you hear the rustle of their wings. would exclaim. in an article printed several years ago. We have known of this experiment being tried on people thousands of miles away from the writer. Nearly everyone has had experiences of knowing what a second person was going to say before the person spoke. so that you may be able to act accordingly. that´s just what I was going to say. Nearly everyone has had evidence of Mind Reading or Thought Transference in his or her own life. i. and also in cases in which the other person had not been heard of for many years. nevertheless. The . There is a field open for experiment along these lines which some of our students might investigate with profit and satisfaction. But. points out the direction of the scientific theories concerning the matter. and it is scarcely necessary to devote the time and space to a proof of the reality of the phenomena in these days. the general public is gradually awakening to the knowledge of the reality of Mental Transference.." Mark Twain. when all of a sudden the person himself would appear. or else speaking along the same lines as those of the destroyed letter.e. you will have the whole practical theory. and transmitting them to the brain of another. to always carry in his mind the fact that Mind travels in waves from one brain to another just as electricity travels from the transmitter to the receiver." viz. The student is asked.
and very excellent results we secured from them. then chose names of towns. after which the person is recalled to the room when the company concentrates its mind upon the hidden object. We shall quote here from the reports of those investigators. collusion. and the company selects some object to be hidden. lines from different poems. men whose standing and reliability. The experiments were conducted partly in Mr. The children seldom made a mistake. Creery regarding a number of experiments he had conducted with his four children. He reported that he had begun by practicing a variation of what is generally known as the "willing game. it is much more general than we imagine. The following verbatim report of what followed will give you an idea of the results generally obtained. or outside influences. I may say that this faculty is not confined to the members of one family. was beyond question. cards out of a pack. Creery. of Derbyshire. A. The reverend gentleman said in his report to the Society: "We began by selecting the simplest objects in the room. and to set at rest forever any lurking doubts as to the reality of the phenomena which may still find lodgment in your mind. people. mistakes. any thing or series of ideas that those present could keep before the mind steadily. I have seen seventeen cards chosen by myself.experiments of the members of this Society and other investigators have resulted in the piling up of a mass of facts more than sufficient to fully establish the correctness of the theory of Mind Reading. dates. This investigation was made upon hearing the report of the Rev. named right in succession without any mistake. But sometimes she would stand with her eyes directed toward the ground for a period of silence varying from a few seconds to a minute." The Society then began a series of careful investigations extending over a period of one year. that these committees were composed of some of the leading scientific authorities of England. the results of which have conclusively proven that the thought-waves set into motion by the mind of one person may be consciously received by the mind of another. till she called . We soon found that a great deal depended upon the steadiness with which the ideas were kept before the minds of the thinkers. or else write down a name or number which occurred to them at the moment. and the seeker eventually finds it by means of Mind Reading.. To verify this conclusion I invited two of a neighbor's children to join us in our experiment. The remainder of the committee would then select a card from the pack. England. Having selected at random one of the children. Creery´s house and partly in rooms selected by the members of the investigation committee. placed thus by us. the child would be taken from the room and accompanied by a member of the committee would wait out of sight or hearing of the room.M. The utmost care was taken to obviate the chance of fraud. These cases form a part of the scientific records of the English Society. Remember. as well as whose judgment. Series of carefully managed experiments have been conducted. in order to show you the important results that have been obtained. and upon the energy with which they willed the ideas to pass. please. The Creery Experiments One of the interesting series of experiments conducted by members of the English Society was that of the family of the Rev. Mr. The report goes on to say: "On re-entering the room the little girl would usually stand with her face to the wall. etc." in which one of the party leaves the room.
" The report states that in the case of giving the names of objects chosen. cards. no communication with the child was conceivable. fifty-six additional. nearly double the population of the United States. "mere coincidence"! . In the cases of the experiments of naming chosen cards it was calculated that a mere "guesser." according to the law of probability. are estimated at over a million to one against the chance. the door of which was closed.000. on the second attempt.. In a few seconds the door of the adjoining room opened." etc. or Probabilities. In the case of the eight consecutive cards it ha been figured that the chances against the girl would figure up at least 140. for there were other "long runs". 51 to 1. The mathematical chances of a mere "guess" doing this feat. Further. and once with cards. No one was allowed to leave the room after the object had been fixed upon. the chances against the girl were 21 to 1. In the case of stating chosen surnames the odds against her were very much in excess of the figures just named. And yet there are people who would dismiss matters like this with the remark. We then all silently thought of the name of the thing selected. In the test of naming the chosen letters of the alphabet. an apple it was brought. for instance. and the child would appear generally with the object selected. the only instructions given to the child were to fetch some object in the house that we would fix upon and would keep in mind to the exclusion of all other ideas. as her place was often changed.out to us some number. The actual results obtained by the child were as follows: On the first attempt. there were two cases in which runs of eight straight consecutive successes were scored once with names. would be able to correctly name but seven and one-third out of a total of the three hundred and eighty-two trials. exceptional case. The strictest silence was observed.000 to 1. at a first trial. according to the Law of Average and Probabilities. In the case of naming of small objects held in the hands of members of the committee. five out of ten. and on the third attempt. respectively. and 89 to 1. One of the experiments is reported as follows: "One of the children was sent into an adjoining room. And this was not merely an isolated. among other things. a wine-glass it was brought. under the Law of Average. The committee then thought of some object in the house and wrote the name down on paper. To understand just what this means it may help you if you will think that the feat was like picking out one chosen man in a population of one hundred and forty millions. In the case of stating fictitious names chosen by the committee she scored. the child scored six cases out of fourteen. In the case of naming cards she scored six out of thirteen. an orange it was brought. she scored five out of six. nineteen additional making a grand total of two hundred and two successes out of a possible three hundred and eighty-two! On one occasion five cards straight running were successfully named on a first trial. a hairbrush it was brought. card or what it might be. The report to the Society sums up the following results: Three hundred and eighty-two trials were made in the series. one hundred and twenty-seven. In this way we wrote down. etc. and numbers of two figures.
and four cases . no contact being allowed. These numbers were thought of and the answers were generally right. and therefore could not reproduce the drawing. of which only eight were considered unsuccessful. and wrote on paper. Definite objects in the room. fraud. Among other startling feats successfully performed by Mr. The children. or similar methods were out of the question.H. with a pad of paper before him and a member of the committee on each side of him. Douglas Blackburn. Balfour Stewart. The object or thing thought of was written on paper and silently handed to the company in the room. In this feat Mr. there were some cases of error." "diamonds." and the answers were all correct. Mr." or "spades. G. but at a distance of two feet from him. at the house of the well known investigator. Twenty-nine successes out of a possible thirty-seven. Alice. The chances against this success were 4. That is. etc. now took his position immediately back of Mr. with closed eyes. of course. In the series of experiments running over a period of four days thirty-seven drawings were made. "hearts. I then thought of.969 to 1. Myers house tallied very well with those obtained elsewhere. The Transmitter." were shown of the card drawn and seen by the committee. of course. when I was present. 15. of England. proved equally successful. and would begin to attempt to reproduce it on paper. Smith would receive the impression of the mental image in the mind of the Transmitter. The eight cases of failure consisted of four cases in which Mr. Smith sat blindfolded. the latter being known as the Receiver." "clubs. the child was asked to name which suit. "Bluebeard. Returning to the room the figure would be shown to the committee. in a room belonging to the committee. who acted as the transmitter for Mr.W. One remarkable result was obtained." Subsequent experiments with the Creery children.The interest in the Creery children attracted the notice of Prof. but. We will close by mentioning another remarkable series of experiments conducted by the same Society. The Mind Reader was Mr. and their ages. Then fancy names were thought of. 17. Maud. were first thought of." "Tom Thumb. this precaution being taken to obviate charges of confederacy. though. A selected member of the committee then would go outside of the room. Smith.." "Cinderella. and in the majority of cases the answers were correct. The committee reports that it took all the precaution to guard against secret signals. that had not been obtained before. for instance. consecutive successes. and in a short time Mr.782. The names of towns were thought of. and that confederacy. Myers. and then thought of.A Smith. at Cambridge. the percentage of successes obtained at Mr. I was asked to think of certain fancy names and mark them down and hand them around to the company. The Transmitter would then concentrate his mind intently for a few minutes. and Fellow of the Royal Society. On one occasion the child was asked to name the "suit" of cards chosen one after another. The thought reader was then called in. the thought-reader was outside a door. and a good many of these were right. Smith.D. and behind a closed door would draw some geometrical figure at random. F. and in the course of perhaps a minute the answer was given. Smith.. England. were as follows: Mary. 13. that of the reproduction of Geometrical Figures was perhaps the most remarkable. On this occasion the child scored a run of fourteen straight running. and also to Mr. Smith received no impression. remember. This distinguished gentleman testifies as follows: "In the first instance. etc. LL. collusion.
and as if Smith had actually seen the figure shown to the Transmitter a few moments before. is demonstrated by physical contact between the Transmitter (or active agent) and the Receiver (or passive agent) in order to afford an easy channel for the passage of the vibrations. conducted by these scientific bodies of learned and careful men. and then covered him all over with a blanket which completely enveloped his body and head. There is a striking analogy between electric phenomena and mental force phenomena all the way through the subject." "vibrations. "Contact" Mind Reading and "Telepathic" Mind Reading. But the story would be no more convincing than that related above. experiment after experiment.e. The second class. The first of these classes. "Telepathic" Mind Reading.in which the drawing was so vague and imperfect as to be called a total failure. On one occasion. and complicated. in order to be doubly guarded against collusion. they closed Mr. thought-waves.. One leads to the other. and then when you have realized that you can do these things you will need no further proof of the reality of the science of Mind Reading. or magnetism of the Transmitter (according to the several theories favored by scientists). i. as it is the simplest and most easy of accomplishment and demonstration. that certain so-called scientists and investigators have fallen into regarding this matter . and this subject of Mind Reading is simply one of the many forms of the resemblance. pulled a bolster-case over his head. At this point we wish to point out to you a most grievous error. We shall begin by giving you instructions in the first form. there is a method of satisfying yourself that is far more conclusive than the reading of any results of experiments of others and that is to learn to perform the feats of Mind reading yourself. nerve-currents. but all were reproduced in a more or less perfect manner. the best Telepathists have been trained by means of the practice of Contact Mind Reading at the start. tied a bandage around his eyes and ears. And under these extraordinary conditions he reproduced the figures with his usual success. "Contact" Mind Reading. Some of the figures were grotesque. just as the ordinary wire telegraph naturally led to the "wireless" system.. "Contact" Mind Reading MIND READING is divided by the authorities into two general classes. unusual. as well as the experiments of the scientific societies. The drawing was made deliberately and without deliberation. And. after all. is demonstrated by the transferral of the "waves. And besides. through space (often for thousands of miles) without the more convenient "wires" of the nerves of the two agents. Smith´s ears with putty. We could proceed relating case after case. Contact Mind Reading." or "magnetism" of the Transmitter to the Receiver over the ether." "currents. which is even now but in its infancy. You will readily see that two classes of phenomena closely resemble the two classes of telegraphic phenomena. and unjust judgment. viz. By means of a very little practice you will be able to reproduce many of the demonstrations of the public performers. the "wire" system and the "wireless" system.
The proof of the thing is in the doing of it. These performers. and practice. herein given. and you may learn the truth for yourself if you will but try the feats and demonstrations. The truth is that the muscles have nothing to do with the passage of mental currents or waves from the Transmitter to the Receiver any more than they have to do with the transmission of nervous sensations from body to brain." and could be explained by the "muscle reading" theory entirely. Of course some of the public may prefer to accept this erroneous theory. The brain of the Transmitter. but only a clever imitation which was styled "Muscle Reading. A current from a galvanic battery will cause the muscles to act in the same way. came to the conclusion that the whole thing was a "fake. and their lesser-light imitators. and leaning would detect the muscular movements of the Transmitter. In order to give you a clearer idea of the nature of this error. And so the news was spread broadcast. and will learn to make the demonstrations personally. But even in these cases.of Contact Mind Reading." In other words. aroused by his active will. The current travels along the nervous system. And so it is with this transmission of the mental waves and currents. When it reaches the extremity of his fingers it leaps over the tiny . sends a powerful current or wave through his nervous system. leading. and the nerves are the delicate telegraphic wires leading to the parts. just as we teach them. the performer would of necessity have to employ more or less genuine Contact Mind Reading to finish the feats. and by careful practice would learn to interpret these movements so as to get an indication of the location of the hidden objects and practically be led or pushed towards the spot. and by a clever system of pushing. The investigators. easily discovering the above mentioned "faking" performances. and you will find a number of books written explaining Contact Mind Reading on this hypothesis. When you wish to close your hand you send a nervous current from your brain to the muscles controlling your hand. but we wish to say here positively that if any person will honestly investigate for himself. The result of such practice will cause you to feel with us the indignation arising from the attempts to belittle a noble scientific principle. The only advantage the performer gained by resorting to these unfair methods was that it was less fatiguing to his mind and enabled him to "fake" through the performance with less mental wear and tear. pulling. and is by it distributed over the muscles causing them to contract. And the careful investigators soon discovered that in certain cases there was no Mind Reading at all. he would push up against him. we must call your attention to the fact that Contact Mind Reading has been given much publicity through the advertisements and performances of several celebrated public performers. and some of them have found it much easier to "fake" some of the demonstrations rather than to perform them according to scientific principals. he or she will soon discover that "muscle reading" has nothing to do with the genuine phenomena. instead of the performer receiving his mental impressions from the mind of the Transmitter. over the nervous system of other persons. But the muscle is the machinery affected and set into motion. or the motor impulses from brain to body. like many others. have sought to give an attractive public entertainment rather than a scientific demonstration. by an explanation arising from the witnessing of "fake" imitations of the real thing.
In fact they are tiny finger-brains." and to see the crudeness of the attempted explanation. The experimenter will soon find that when he gets into the work and is engaged in a search for a hidden object. in his desire to reach the Centre of Attraction. Besides this. He will see that the foolish theory is as far out of the way as the ignorant person´s idea that the telegraph messages are sent by the wires being "pulled" or "jerked. and enters the nervous system of the latter. only weaker. He will feel the hidden object drawing him like a magnet. And you may do the same.space separating his nerves from the nerves of the Receiver. and that he usually allows the latter's arm to hang limp. and receive delicate impulses from one mind to another. Those of you who have experienced the peculiar touch of some persons of this kind. and they will send out. and influences his actions. He will find himself drawn or impelled irresistibly toward the hidden object." instead of being just channels for the passage of the electric fluid. and who when the system was first seen in operation. then. He will almost forget where he is. are known by anatomists to be filled with masses of nerve-matter similar to that forming parts of the brain. and everything else. and to give you sufficient interest to demonstrate the matter for yourself. but the investigator will soon learn to know them for himself. if you will practice the demonstrations given in this book. as we have said. instead of being led by him. when gas was first introduced in the British Houses of Parliament. and such people laugh at the crude "muscle reading" theories. It is "Nerve Reading" if you like. That is the whole secret of Contact Mind Reading. We trust that we have said enough to convince you of the ridiculousness of the "muscle reading" theory. These experiences cannot well be explained in print. would gently feel the pipe with their gloved fingers. And. he will forget all about the Transmitter. or magnetic waves. wires may be used between the two persons. or even a third person may be placed between them. and his brain sending practically no impulses over his nerves. because they would become heated by the passage of the light. The fact that the developed Contact Mind Reader usually walks ahead of his Transmitter. . and delicate touch. he is in a receptive condition to the imparted nervous current. and attracting him to the spot. The tips of the fingers of a person of fine sensibilities. by means of Mind Reading. but certainly not Muscle Reading. and then only will he be able to intelligently reject the absurd and unjust theories of "muscle reading. convey. The Receiver being in a passive condition. But. insisted that the pipes rendered the building unsafe. and will feel himself floating and gliding over the floor and scarcely touching it with his toes. which acts upon him something like an impulse from his own brain. wondering why they felt no heat. He will class such pretending scientists with those "doubting Thomases" who. is another proof of the absurdity of the theory above mentioned. after all the best and only real test is to try the experiments yourself and learn that "muscle reading" has nothing to do with the real phenomena. instead of muscularly contracted. He will forget his audience. as if by some outside energy or fine force. and he will be amazed and filled with wonder at the strange psychical phenomena in which he is taking a principal part. for they have disproved them repeatedly in actual careful experiments. can bear witness to the fact that a subtle "magnetism" or current passed from them to you. This is a fact well known to investigators of psychic phenomena.
although we wish to say that any man or woman who will carefully study these instructions and directions. Some of these public performers have even gone so far as to add "fake" features to their performance. Of course. into a good Contact Mind Reader by practice. and in other ways introducing unscientific methods in order to intensify the interest and satisfaction of their audiences. or herself. in this little book. will be able to gradually develop sufficient ability and skill to give a successful public performance. So that if any of the students of this work have ambitions in the direction of public performance. The principles of the parlor demonstration. These same instructions and directions have been studied and applied by some of the best performers now before the public. and our instructions and directions shall be chiefly toward that end. some will succeed better than others. with this understanding. and perseverance. generally gives his audience enough of the "real thing" to render his performance of sufficient scientific interest to make it worthy of attendance by the earnest student of the subject and we believe that the time is approaching when a strictly scientific performance will prove of sufficient interest to the public to render it worthwhile for a new class of entertainers and lecturers to arise and take the field. the average public Mind Reader. And so we shall address him as such. However. as well as serving to educate future entertainers for their life work. conscientious practice and experiment will accomplish wonders. But notwithstanding this fact. and some will find the work easier than do others. rather than to be instructed. and to also enable him to . the average public performer soon discovers that the average patron of his performance attends principally to be amused. and who will carefully practice the feats and exercises. And he is apt to gradually add sensational features to the performance. But we shall also give herein full directions for the Transmitter. We are taking it for granted that the student will wish to act as a Receiver (or Performer of the feat of Mind Reading) rather than as the Transmitter (or person called upon to have his mind read). illustrating the wonders of Contact Mind Reading. knowing that by so doing he will better please his patrons than if he were to give them a strictly scientific demonstration of the science of Contact Mind Reading as produced in the psychological laboratories of the great investigators of the subject. they will find herein the methods calculated to develop them into a successful public entertainer and demonstrator. we shall treat the subject as if a parlor demonstration was all that is desired. Mind Reading feats depend upon the Will and Concentration on the part of the Transmitter. and the public performance are the same. in spite of his sensational additions. and upon the degree of Receptivity and Passivity of the Receiver. as well. A little careful. and perhaps reap a goodly share of fame and financial reward. employing confederates. in order to give the student the methods necessary to act in either capacity. As in everything else in life. instructing the public regarding their great subject and illustrating their theories by striking experiments along scientific lines. but all may develop quite a respectable degree of proficiency in a short time. and entertained.Many of our readers have witnessed the public performances of the several wellknown "Contact" Mind Readers who have visited the leading cities of this country and other lands. And we think that this little book will do its part in the direction of educating the public mind to appreciate such an entertainment. Anyone may develop himself. for the purpose of thrilling and mystifying the audience.
sympathetic understanding. The Receiver should understand the duties of the Transmitter. before he ventures before a parlor audience. and its use in bringing about Rapport Relations is thoroughly understood by all Practical Occultists. By careful and repeated practice he gains confidence in himself by reason of his growing success in his experiments. Rhythmic Breathing has been known to occultists of all ages as one of the important adjuncts of Psychic Phenomena. induces the most favorable conditions for the production of mental or psychic phenomena. still it is a very important feature of the work. so that when he finally appears before an audience he will feel perfectly self-possessed and at ease. but that their keynotes must harmonize. when in harmonious accord with the vibrations of another. The word is defined by Webster as "Relation. instead of producing discord. The comparison of the notes of the musical scale will illustrate the principle thoroughly." It is used by occultists in the sense of: "having harmonious vibrations with another. When two persons are in "rapport" with each other. by regular beats like the ticking of a large clock. or mental relations. For instance.. between yourself and your Transmitter by means of Rhythmic Breathing." Then breath out slowly: "one two three four. counting mentally according to the ticking of an imaginary large clock: "one two three four." Then hold the breath. The term "Rapport" is one frequently met with in occult and psychic books. Hence the necessity of good rapport conditions in Mind Reading. and who are interested in the subject. etc. This "harmonious vibration" does not necessarily mean that the two persons must be attuned to precisely the same key. for such people tend to distract your attention from your work. counting "one two. Do not have any unsympathetic or uncongenial persons around you when you are practicing. in order that the best possible results be obtained." ." the occult teachings being that every person has his or her own rate of mental vibration which. and one that is conducive to the production of the very best results along these lines of psychic demonstrations. the retained breath. Although this feature of the work has been overlooked by many investigators of the subject.instruct the Transmitter in his work. and the outgoing breath. and the proper harmony and rapport conditions may be established. or Rapport. and besides wears off his "rough edges" of his actions. Begin the Development Exercises by selecting one or more friends who are in sympathy with you. for by so doing he overcomes the first lack of confidence in himself. and really exert a detrimental effect upon the preliminary work. sympathetic accord. correspondence. conformity. there is a mental and psychic harmony between them. Begin your practice by establishing a Psychic Harmony. and thus be able to devote his entire attention to his work. Rhythmic Breathing consists in the person breathing in slow measured regular rhythm. It may be acquired by counting the indrawn breath. which is productive of the best possible mental cooperative work. Select one of your friends as the Transmitter and take the part of the Receiver yourself. draw in your breath slowly. and the awkwardness natural to the beginner along any new line of work. etc. without annoying self-consciousness and awkwardness. Development Exercises THE student should practice privately with the assistance of a few friends.
calming. From four to seven Rhythmic Breaths will be sufficient to establish the proper conditions in ordinary cases. but must think of the Direction of that corner. so that it is not necessary for you to instruct him in the science or theory of Rhythmic Breathing. Instruct him then to will that you go to the corner of the room that he has selected. Then let him concentrate his mind upon that one corner. forgetting every other part of the room. Hold the hand against your forehead. He must not simply think "That . shutting out all other thoughts from his mind. the held-breath taking up but one-half the counts of either of the others. impressing upon him the sense of direction so strongly that he will move in accordance with the Will of the Transmitter. just as he would in case he were to wish to walk there himself. General Directions The prime requisite for a successful demonstration of Mind Reading is the acquirement. but this is not absolutely necessary in this connection. We shall not mention this Rhythmic Breathing or Rapport Condition when we proceed to give you the detailed direction.The rule is that the indrawn breath should have the same number of counts as the outgoing breath. and concentrating his entire Attention upon the projection of his will. The above count illustrates this matter. you should stop and ask him to breath in unison with you for a moment. and keeping time with you. Then have the Transmitter grasp your Left Hand with his Right Hand. The associated requisite is that the Transmitter be able to concentrate his will upon the mind of the receiver. in case you should feel the power of the Transmitter failing. should breath in unison with each other that is in perfect time and rhythm. of a clear idea of direction in his mind. for the demonstration. It is well to conclude your practice by taking a few deep breaths by yourself. The advanced occultists get their timebeat from the pulse-beats. by the Transmitter. you being blindfolded. You will find that it has a very soothing. Remember the two points to be observed by the Transmitter. and then restart your work. you grasping his fingers in your hand and lifting the hand to your forehead. He must not content himself in merely forming a Mental Picture of the selected corner. The principal point about Rhythmic Breathing that we wish to impress upon you now is that the two persons. you will be able to get results without it but not so easily. This destroys the Rapport Condition. or so thoroughly and satisfying. Simply tell him to breath in unison. saying nothing to you of his choice. In the performance of a test. just above your eyes. but you must remember that it should be observed in each case. or possession. and will produce in each a mental earnestness and concentration that will help along the demonstration of Mind Reading. Begin all your practicing with this Rapport Breathing. the Transmitter and the Receiver. By breathing a little loud the other person will catch your time. Have him mentally select some one corner of the room. Begin by having the Transmitter standing beside you in the center of the room. Of course. and start each demonstration with it also. and not in unison with the Transmitter. This breathing in unison will soon establish the very best possible rapport conditions between them. quieting effect upon both persons.
and being perfectly willing and desirous of being mentally directed or led by the Will of the Transmitter. Do not grow impatient. and you will soon begin to feel the mental command. resigning your own Will for the time being. you will feel a clearer impulse toward the real selected corner. When you walk in the right direction you will feel the mental message. whose mind is acting upon yours and leading and directing you toward the right place. Advance one foot forward. which will often be in an opposite direction from the selected corner. Follow the impulse. awaiting impressions from the mind of the Transmitter. but a little practice will soon make it clear to you. and you will soon feel yourself being compelled to move in a certain direction. You must shut out sights. dragging the Transmitter after you. go there. while others will send only a feeble and wavering message. "Right. The idea of this first step is to "get started. when you will feel the command: "That's right stop where you are this is the place. sometimes actually running right to it." until you reach the desired spot. when you will feel that you have "reached Base. He must will that you shall go there. who is making the mental command: "Go there. and when you move in the wrong direction you will feel the mental message. hesitatingly. You." While you are taking the first step or two. no. He is the Active factor. and the degree of your Receptivity that makes the demonstration a success. It is difficult to describe to you the exact feeling that you will experience. come!" By practice you will soon become more sensitive to these guiding thought-waves. and you the Passive. must place yourself in a perfectly passive and receptive state of mind. resting your weight on the ball of the other foot. and will find yourself swinging around to it. right you are". The more Concentration ." If you start to wander off in the wrong direction you will begin to feel the correcting impression: "This way. Keep your eyes closed." and if you will but passively receive and follow the mental telegraph message you will find the impulse growing stronger and stronger until you walk right into the corner selected." as the children say in their games. It is the strength of his Will. and even thoughts of sights. this way I tell you. and even the stray glimpses that you may catch through the handkerchief will serve only to distract you. Obey this impulse and take the first step. Some will be able to Concentrate so forcibly that they will send you the message clear and sharp. not that way but this way. You will soon become conscious of being directed by the will of the Projector. you will begin to feel an impulse to move forward. even though you be blindfolded. "No. no. Stand quiet a moment or two. After a moment or two of passive and receptive waiting. carrying the words "Go There!" in his mind. I say. come along. "This way this way. not that way This way. for you are but learning to receive the impressions. which will end in your moving toward the right corner. and will act upon them almost automatically. You will soon begin to notice that there is quite a difference in the power of Concentration on the part of different people acting as the Transmitter. Practice will soon so sharpen your perceptive faculties that you will often be able to move right off to the desired corner at once. saying.Corner" he must think "There!" using the sense of Direction. I say!" while at the same time he is willing that you follow his command. the Receiver. for by so doing you induce a Passive state of mind.
so that you may become familiar with the different degrees of Concentration.the Transmitter has the stronger will be the message. . dancing. to extend his arm out its full length and hold it up about the height of your eyes. guiding you past them. you must remonstrate with him. etc. Do not unduly strain yourself. such as doors. and with different Transmitters. and others prefer the second. In this way he feels the strain. and they will begin sending you strong mental impulses. This will aid you when you begin your parlor performances. until you can go readily to the selected corner. etc. If after a number of trials you begin to feel tired. instead of holding it up to your head.. This plan will often arouse in them a desire to give a good exhibition of their Will-power. When you find a lazy Transmitter who is sending only feeble messages. and then you should give yourself into his care with the utmost confidence. Do not be discouraged. Practice this exercise and experiment. A little practice and instruction will bring him out all right. but remember that "practice makes perfect. It will be very advisable for you to experiment with a number of persons acting as the Transmitter. It is like learning to play the violin. substitute another for him." and that like any other thing the art must be learned by patient practice and repetition. providing it proves effective. and in other proper ways prevent you from bruising yourself or upsetting things. in different rooms. so adopt either plan. when you have an unsatisfactory Projector. by telling you to avoid them. Don’t allow your mind to be distracted by outside things. The Transmitter will find that by looking toward the selected corner. furniture. In all of these experiments the transmitter must guard you from running in to obstacles. alcoves. giving yourself no further concern about these things. mantels. you may have the Transmitter select other parts of the room. stop practicing and adjourn the experiments until the next day. You may vary the above method by holding the Transmitter´s hand out at arm´s length. or anything else. personal characteristics of people in Transmitting. he will be aided in his attention and directing his Will Power. Attend to the matter of the experiment in which you are engaged. windows. and keeping your mind as passive as possible. telling him that he must exercise his Will-power more. skating. or tire out your mind. The principle is the same in both cases. It is often advisable to let the Transmitter read this book of instructions. or any variation thereof. and it arouses his Will in order to hold it there. gaining a variety of experiences which will prove valuable later on. When the next day comes you will be surprised at the added proficiency you have gained. Practice Exercise 1 -FINDING LOCATIONS After you have grown proficient in locating the corners of rooms. Some find one plan more effective. You must impress this upon his mind. But as a rule this unsatisfactoriness arises from the fact that he does not fully understand his duties. does not know what is required of him. In case the Transmitter proves very unsatisfactory. projections. etc. It is a good plan. Try a number of these selected locations in turn. which seems to act in the direction of his sending sharper and clearer messages and impulse. if he happens to be a personal friend who is helping you out in your practicing and experiments.
Proceed as before. such as a book. endeavoring to get as wide a range of experiences as possible along the line of Mind Reading of this kind. etc. etc. But there are now still greater degrees of proficiency possible. key. on persons. etc.. until you find the secreted object. "down". Continue this exercise until you can readily find any and every piece of furniture in a room. you remaining out of the room until the article is selected and hidden. This training will be of the greatest possible benefit to you when you are called upon later to find objects hidden in people's pockets. back of a picture. Let him exercise his ingenuity in finding strange places in which to hide the object.. vase. Proceed as before. etc. etc. ornament.. Practice Exercise 4 -FINDING HIDDEN ARTICLES After you have mastered the last mentioned exercise. in order to properly train you for the public demonstrations before companies. Do not neglect this exercise in your desire to do more wonderful things. You will realize the importance of these exercises after you begin to appear before friends and evening companies. General Remarks On Practice The above exercises will train the student to receive and act upon the mental commands or messages of the Transmitter. and in similar difficult places. Your transmitter should endeavor to give you a great variety in this exercise. etc. selected articles secreted under tables. "to the left. for you need just this training. when you will be called upon to find hidden objects.. when they are thought of by the Transmitter. just as he did his old message or impulse "this way. tables. The student will find in succeeding chapters a number of interesting and startling feats and experiments which are intended for parlor audiences. In the experiments in finding the hidden objects he must train himself to give you the mental messages "up".. such as a watch. Practice Exercise 3 -FINDING SMALL OBJECTS After mastering the above exercise have the Transmitter select some small articles. If you can find selected chairs you will be able to more readily find persons seated on chairs. and secret it in some part of the room. etc. mantelpiece. etc. match. Many of the most successful public "Mind Readers" started out in public work with far less careful and thorough training." etc. etc. Proceed as in the previous exercises." And you must train yourself to receive them. under a rug. have the Transmitter select a small object. but which may be most . under a great variety of circumstances and conditions. such as chairs. Have him place a key in a book.Practice Exercise 2 -FINDING LARGE OBJECTS The next step should be the selecting and finding of large objects in the room. varying the objects and places. on a table. on furniture. "to the right". and the other large objects in a room as well.
In finding a hidden object. should be practiced previous to a public demonstration. from general impressions to detailed ones. with the aid of a friendly Transmitter. in which the audience is a party to the experiment. Simple Demonstrations IN BEGINNING a public demonstration. you may practice with a dummy audience. And therefore we urge you to have patience and perseverance. You will never be a thoroughly good demonstrator of anything in life. now for your work before an audience. Then other new experiments and feats will suggest themselves from time to time. and then you will know that your search is at an end. it will be well for you to give a short preliminary talk to the audience. that is with an imaginary audience consisting of chairs. in order that the Performer may familiarize himself with the details of the experiment. and skipping the exercises as much as possible. beginning with some simple feats. to the intelligent student which. and so on. somewhat along the following lines: Opening Talk "Ladies and Gentlemen. In these demonstrations. your instructors.profitably practiced previously with the aid of a good friendly Transmitter. remembering. until at last the fingers close upon the object itself. the first thing to do is to get an idea of the direction. likewise. should be practiced by you privately. but you will never get further than "fair" without careful practice. Thus the Transmitter will be greatly relieved when the object is finally found. until you familiarize yourself with the details of the feat. Preparing For Public Work Before taking you on with the work before an audience. In the case of feats. and the relaxing of his mental tension may be distinctly felt. and will be able to give a demonstration that will be a great credit to both yourself and to us. and to stick to the exercise until you become a Master of Mind Reading. and then proceeding gradually to more complicated demonstrations. This is all wrong. before you reproduce them in public. The great tendency among students is to hurry through to the public work. such as the finding of a scarf-pin on a member of the audience. always that the feats and experiments that we shall mention. I must have your co-operation. Then the general location of the hiding place. and thus be more at his ease when he demonstrates it in public. until you master the rudiments. with your assistance I shall endeavor to give you a demonstration of practical Mind Reading. And Mind Reading is no exception. we must urge upon you to prepare yourself thoroughly by means of the above mentioned exercises. etc. when you need fear no audience whatsoever. It is true that after a few exercises you may be able to give a fair demonstration before an audience. And. and by practice familiarize yourself thoroughly with the details of the work. for the success of the experiments depends as much ..
if you prefer. Sometimes women are very good at this work. If your first Transmitter is not satisfactory. concentrate. Therefore. if you Will in my favor. In fact the success of the experiments depends very materially upon the Willing exerted by the audience. I trust that you will help me in this way. select someone of the audience that is in harmony with you. and so on until you get a good one. and also prevent me from maintaining that Passive Mental State which is essential to the success of the experiments. laughter. and that your success will depend materially upon his ability to concentrate his Mind and Will upon the task. Soon you will begin to feel a mental resistance to certain directions. preferably describing a circle. in fact this is a good plan. take the hand of the Transmitter. You should impress upon the Transmitter that it is the strength of his Will that produces the mental vibrations that give you the impressions. you will know it at once. Instructing The Transmitter You should instruct the Transmitter. fix his eyes on the chosen spot and then concentrate his will upon it. that he must hold the thought of direction. select someone to act as Transmitter. test another. and help me in the work. In this meaningless wavering motion remain perfectly passive awaiting impressions. I shall feel the effect. for these things distract the mind of the Transmitter and prevent him from concentrating his Mind and Will upon mine. saying "Concentrate. If possible get someone with whom you have previously practiced.upon you as upon myself. When you return to the room. Beginning The Test Then." or words to that effect. in the manner already described in previous lesson. kindly give me your aid. if you are an adept. the better you will succeed. with the purpose of mentally willing the demonstrator to be successful. If this is not possible. This will aid you very materially. I also ask that during the experiments. Make this plain to him. etc. I am now ready to proceed with the tests. and should call his attention to it. use your Will. and therefore Will intently. if you Will that I shall fail. I shall be successful. placing it to your forehead. You should explain to him that you receive your impulses through his thought-waves or vibrations. When the Transmitter fails to concentrate his Will. etc. and who will have a strong enough will to give you the vibrations. I must ask that you refrain from conversation. and established rapport conditions. while I am demonstrating. while the remainder of the audience selects the object that you are to find. you will all concentrate your Mind and Will upon me. Then begin a wavering motion. I ask you to blindfold me and take such other means to prevent unfair methods and practices. Then move along the line of the least . or else holding it up high in front of you." Choosing The Transmitter Then have the audience select a committee to blindfold you and remain outside of the room with you. for it shows the audience that there is no collusion. along the lines indicated in a previous chapter.. In order to obtain the best results all Mind Readers prefer that their audiences concentrate their Wills upon the work. You may change Transmitters during the evening.e. or direction. now harder. and a mental willingness that you move in another direction. In the first place. as your judgment may dictate. as they get very much in earnest when interested. of course. and that the stronger these are. slowly. i.
until you feel that you have reached the right place. and then work up gradually to the more complicated and difficult ones. reach out your right hand. in which case you will have to either reach up or down. When you reach the right person.. FINDING A LOCATION -DEMONSTRATION 1 Begin by having the audience select a part in the room. when you should place your hand on the person immediately in front of you. follow the same general rule as given. Here is where your practice comes in. in the direction of the selected spot. and around. the general directions we have given regarding the receiving of impressions. you will feel an . In this reaching up or down. precisely. in which case you must start up the moving your hand to and fro. pull. and so are prepared to yield to them and move accordingly. for actual experience is necessary before you will know just what is meant." followed by a lessening of the Will tension. This plan will build up your own powers. and will develop the Transmitter´s. Of course. Then standing still. and begin "feeling about. We herewith give a number of interesting feats and demonstrations. you will receive a mental impression of "Wrong". And now for the demonstrations themselves." You will find that as your hand moves away from the right person you will feel a drawing back impression. until you feel the urge impression. The rule is identically the same. in their different forms. But once you have accustomed yourself to receive and recognize the impressions. Find the general location of the person. you will receive an unmistakable impression and metal message of "All Right. etc. or location. If this is the wrong person. You should practice this in private before attempting public demonstration. explaining the details of each. will apply to all of these feats. for the principle underlying them all is the same. In some cases you will receive a strong mental urge. FINDING A SMALL OBJECT -DEMONSTRATION 3 Have the audience select some small object in plain sight in the room. Then place your hand on the person who seems to be the center of the impressions. But there are some other details to be observed. one of their number. which may be easily reached by you. Then find it in the manner described of above in the case of the selected person. whereas when you reach toward the person you will receive an urging forward impression. the rest is all a matter of practice and development. in the matter of "up or down. A little practice will soon enable you to distinguish these mental impressions. When you reach the right location. It is impossible to describe in writing just how these impressions come. for in your practice experiments you have acquired the art of recognizing these impressions as they come to you. You should begin with the simplest feats. Then proceed as directed. and you will know that you have succeeded. FINDING A PERSON -DEMONSTRATION 2 Have the audience select a person.mental resistance. and feel like." for the object may be higher than your shoulder or lower. or push.
then "the Groom". The two feats are precisely the same. and invariably brings hearty applause. But if it is not right. selected and stood before them as the parson who will tie the knot. (Study the directions for Demonstration 2. This demonstration combines the features of Demonstration 2. You will always receive the resistance when you are not succeeding. for there will be your object right under your hand." It is performed by having a bouquet of flowers on the table. and stand them up in front of the room.) THE REUNITED COUPLE -DEMONSTRATION 6 This test is known as "The Reunited Couple.. Of course this feat is merely a fancy rendition of the simple feat of finding the person thought of. then you have succeeded. Then reach up slowly." It is performed by having the audience select two persons. THE FLORAL TRIBUTE -DEMONSTRATION 5 This test is known as "The Floral Tribute. But. and then find it in the manner just related. you will receive a mental urge downward. The three persons should then take their seats. and may go on to center the object. Then select some young man in the audience. and will always receive the lack of resistance when you are succeeding. find the young lady and present her with the flowers. Then returning to the room. it is but a variation of Demonstration 2. like a scarf-pin. like a couple about to be married. Then they should have a third person. as described in Demonstration 2. a young man and a young woman. Learn to focus these impressions until they center positively and constantly on the same spot. FINDING A BOOK -DEMONSTRATION 4 Have the audience select a book on the shelves of a book case. and the hunt affords much merriment to the audience. a man." and arrange them in their proper positions. pick up the bouquet. that is you have first to find the person. and apply in the present case.impression of "not yet finished" from the mind of the Transmitter. as you will see readily. and when you enter the room. and let him pick out some young woman in the audience whom he wishes to have the flowers. which you should follow. and is performed in the same way. and then the object which is . This is a highly effective test. with appropriate variations. You must retire from the room. you must first find "the Parson". and take the hand of your Transmitter. The rule always is to follow the line of the least mental resistance. THE HIDDEN JEWELRY -DEMONSTRATION 7 Have the audience select some small article. and Demonstration 3. while he selects the young lady and mentions her name and position to the audience. of course. ring. and then "the Bride. and hide it on the person of some one of the audience. etc. although the latter will appear more startling to the observer. and taking the hand of your Transmitter. If this is right you will receive a corresponding impression. Then you are to find it.
" Have one of the audience play "the thief. This is effective. A little private practice will enable you to perform it with ease. or similar small object from a second person called "the victim. you should first find the pin. but not nearly so much as you might suppose. following a prescribed course selected by the audience. and take the Transmitter´s hand. (in the manner heretofore described) and then find the place where it had been stuck. however about on the level of your shoulder is best." and steal an article of jewelry." Then the thief should hide his spoil in a safe place about the room. but is merely a combination of "Finding the Person. then reconstruct the group. Returning. not too high up. and then retire to their seats. then the hidden article. according to the methods already given." and is very spectacular and sensational." and is very effective when properly performed." THE RECONSTRUCTED TABLEAU -DEMONSTRATION 11 This feat is known as the "Reconstructed Tableau. another to act as the "victim". This final effort is really a modification of "finding the spot. Study the details of Demonstration 3." and with a little practice may be easily performed. Returning to the room you are to find each person. REPLACING THE PIN -DEMONSTRATION 9 This is called "Replacing the Pin. and practice the present demonstration in private before trying it in public. and then you must walk over the same course when you return to the room. Have your Transmitter memorize the course accurately. lead him or her to the former spot. It is performed as follows: The audience selects one man to act as the "murderer". you first find the thief. Then have him withdraw the pin and hide it somewhere in the room." and "Finding an Object. then circling your hand around in narrow circles until you feel the proper impression push the pin home in the spot in which it was formerly driven. Have a member of the audience take a pin and insert it in the wall in a spot plainly visible to the audience. This is a very effective feat." It is performed by having several of the audience form a simple tableau group. THE MURDER AND THE DETECTIVE -DEMONSTRATION 12 This test is known as the "Murder and the Detective. This is somewhat difficult. and is accordingly one that is in great favor with the public performers. and lastly a . THE THEFT DETECTED -DEMONSTRATION 10 This feat is called "The Theft.practically a variation of Demonstration 3. THE DISCOVERED COURSE -DEMONSTRATION 8 Have a member of the audience walk around the room. then the person. Then when you return to the room. but is merely a variation of the "Finding the Corner" demonstration. and also some object to act as the dagger.
that must be remembered in this feat. and where he is sitting or standing. you pick up the hats." This is usually announced as a wonderful piece of "telepathic detective work." etc." and then the "murderer. . Then when you return to the room you first find the "body". THE LADY AND THE RING -DEMONSTRATION 14 This feat is performed by having a lady in the audience loan the Transmitter her ring. Nor should you spoil your good impression by cheapening the demonstrations in the direction of performing too many at one sitting." and "kills" his "victim. of course. requesting the owner to rise in his seat so as to indicate his whereabouts your back being turned to the audience while this is being done in order to avoid suspicion of your "peeping. General Advice 1. It is. and then returning to the room. The Transmitter must remember the lady. You should rest a little while after each feat. but you must not attempt to produce all of them at an evening´s entertainment. who are seated in different parts of the room. It will be well for the Transmitter to hold the hat so that it can be seen by the audience. It will take some time to perform a few of them effectively. then the "dagger. and besides. of course the rest is simply a combination of the "finding the person" and "finding the spot" feats. you find the lady and replace the ring upon the finger from which she took it. Then the "murderer" picks up the "dagger. you cannot obtain the best results while fatigued. merely a variation of the feat of "finding the person. you do yourself an injury to perform these demonstrations. Neither should you tire or fatigue yourself by too many feats. just who the owner of that particular hat is. and you should avoid any attempt to hurry through the feats. one by one." "Finding the Object. and the particular finger. and place them upon the heads of their proper owners.place in which the body is to be concealed. however. before attempting another case. We have given you a great variety of Demonstrations or Feats. When your mind or body are tired. and impressively. This is a simple feat although very effective. Otherwise he cannot send you the mental impulses which will enable you to find the owner. 2." afterward concealing the body in some part of the room (usually sitting in a chair) and the "dagger" in another place. THE RETURNED HATS -DEMONSTRATION 13 Have the hats of a number of men in the audience placed on a table or other place." There is one point." etc. You will notice that the feat is merely an elaborate combination of the simpler feats of "Finding the Person. It is very effective." and is extremely effective. When you return to the room. then the "wound". blindfolded of course. and that is that the Transmitter should know just whose hat is held in your hand. if neatly performed. and may be reserved as the "principal effect" of your series of demonstrations.
do not hesitate to change him. and avoid the trifling. then endeavor to think no more about the matter. without any necessity for your complaining about your slowness in learning to perform the more complicated ones. Do not take yourself too seriously and remember that a little boyish or girlish spirits is a wonderful tonic. but will soon learn to throw off the passive condition. and you feel that he is not Concentrating properly. and will be most likely to Concentrate and Will to the best of his ability. Your new Transmitter will feel anxious to do better than his predecessor. It is your Mind and Will that gives me the impression. Make a determined Mental Effort that I move in the right direction. Some "Smart Alecks" may try to play pranks on you in this way. etc. under the strings of a piano. If your Transmitter does not do his work properly. featherbrained class. Earnestly fix your Mind on the right Spot. About Transmitters 1. or using his Will effectively." etc. and engage in the laughing conversation that will follow the entertainment. about it. You need not offend him. even from the start will be wonderful enough. you should take a few strong deep breaths. If your Transmitter does not seem to be Concentrating properly. but discourage same vigorously at the start. remember this.3. or which you might overturn. you should speak to him firmly. Tell him that you place yourself in his hands for protection. You are practically developing a sixth sense. 4. remember it all depends upon you. but practice will surely bring you success. If you have the selection. for the reason that he is seldom able to think as intently about his own location as about some place away from him. caution the audience about placing the hidden objects in places that you cannot conveniently touch such as high up on the wall. 2. and no levity or trifling should be permitted. informing the audience that this is a scientific test and not a circus. swing your arms around a little to promote the circulation. and are like a baby learning to walk--it takes time. Caution the Transmitter to guide you away from obstacles over which you might stumble. but it must be placed so that you can get at it with only ordinary care and work. A Word Of Warning Beginning your entertainment. Say to him: "Please concentrate your Mind and Will. 3. These are the only restrictions that you need make. and that these things sometimes happen. for such thoughts tend to distract your passivity. You may feel a little "dazed" at first after performing a few feats. And. for you may say simply that the rapport conditions are not fully developed between you. This will often have the effect of bracing him up to renewed mental activity. but kindly. The feats that will be possible for you to perform. Do not become impatient if you do not progress as rapidly as you would desire. or exercises are over. . etc. Tell them that you can find the article anywhere. and relieve the nervous tension. When the entertainment. The Transmitter should be in earnest. Take things calmly. tell them that the article must never be hidden about the Transmitter. pick out some earnest person. and you will notice the improvement at once.
of this book. A wooden "ruler" may be substituted for the wire. about one foot in length grasped by the Receiver´s left hand. Practice makes perfect. Do not attempt to try these variations until you have thoroughly mastered the ordinary methods. and have polished up the details of the work. Third Person Interposed Another variation is that in which a third person is interposed between the Transmitter and Receiver. so keep at it until you have worn off the rough edges.) We shall now pass on to the consideration of some of the more complicated or difficult feats of Contact Mind Reading. or else held out and up. (The student is here advised to turn to the conclusion of Lesson 4. and all are capable of being accomplished by anyone of ordinary intelligence. The following demonstrations may be performed after a little private practice. Practice along these lines will enable the skilled Mind Reader to receive the impressions as usual. and development of receptivity. as before described. You receive the impressions in the same way. in Mind Reading as in everything else. Use your inventive faculties. and by the Transmitter´s right hand. you grasping the fingers of his right hand in your left hand. add to. notwithstanding the interposition of the third person. But even these difficult feats may be rendered comparatively easy of accomplishment by careful practice. with a little study. The methods of operation in this case are identical with those employed in the ordinary methods. It may help him in this phase of his work. so as to . care and practice. and consists in having a piece of thick wire. instead of the ordinary contact. i.The above feats or demonstrations are all performed along the same general lines as indicated a little further back. either with his hand pressed against your head. Some performers succeed even with a long walking cane. and may also insert many new ones for yourself as you proceed with your work. and holding as in the case of the former experiments. the above feats. You may vary. and acquaint himself with the "Simpler Method" there described. A little practice will surprise you at the facility in which the impressions are transferred over the wire from the Transmitter to the Receiver. improve. Preliminaries In these experiments or demonstrations the Transmitter stands by your left side.e. Difficult Demonstrations WE SHALL now direct your attention to a class of demonstrations of a rather more complicated order than those related in the last chapter. The Wire Contact A sensational and very effective method of performing some of the simpler feats is performed by some public performers.
THE CHECKER MOVE -DEMONSTRATION 2 This is akin to the last experiment. You will soon find that this feat closely resembles the one of the last chapter in which you find small objects. etc. This may seem difficult. Then slowly lower your fingers until you touch the card resting on the said spot. Be sure that the Transmitter thoroughly understands the piece to be moved. that is the Transmitter should remember just where the card is. you will notice. and we have included it in the list of "Difficult Demonstrations" simply because it is practically a "connecting link" between the two classes of demonstration. THE GAME OF CARDS -DEMONSTRATION 3 Similar to the above is the feat known as the "Game of Cards. having dealt themselves two hands of euchre. have the audience select one card of the number. This feat is really no more difficult than the one in which the small object is found. rather than the name of the card. and in circles. when you will place your piece directly on the spot. moving it backward and forward. proceeding as above indicated. DISCOVERING THE CARD -DEMONSTRATION 1 Spread a number of cards over the table. When you will be sure that you are right. Have the . and then move it to the proper place. Then let someone decide on the next move. and the "That´s right" impression when you are moving in the right direction. You will soon find that the impressions tend to center over a certain spot on the table.be shown at a public performance almost as easily as the simpler feats heretofore described. you must pick up the card and exhibit it to the audience. the position being the important feature. make a small circular and backward and forward movement. You will feel the "No. The same indications mentioned in the feats of the last chapter will be felt by you. as you will see as we proceed. until you feel the mental impression of "There!". which you will have learned to translate into "Right you are!" when you finally touch the right card. until at last you will distinctly feel the relaxation of the mental urge." Two players sit opposite each other at a table. and appears so to the audience. Then retiring from the room. but you will find by a little private practice that it is really as easily performed as some of the simpler tests. the pin hole. This feat consists of two parts. Then taking the Transmitter´s hand as above described. Then with the piece grasped between your thumb and forefinger. first find the piece to be moved. as well as the place to where it is to be moved. Then. The finding of the piece is like the finding of the card. no!" when you are wrong. Begin to lessen your circles and hand movements until you gradually center over this spot. which the Transmitter must be sure to remember distinctly. Have a checker board arranged by some of the audience who understands the game. you should move your right hand toandfro over the table.
the Transmitter repeats the process. Then the pack of cards should be placed on the table. passing along the chosen route until the end is reached. Then back to the first play. face up. but make several feints at it before finally letting go." a "straight." etc. and persistent student should not be able to master it. and with your right hand pick off the cards from the pack.Transmitter lead you behind the first player. These feats are really all variations of the one principle. THE PACK OF CARDS -DEMONSTRATION 5 This is a very effective feat. slowly weigh it in your hand. and carefully. THE MAPPED-OUT TRIP -DEMONSTRATION 4 Have a map laid open on the table. to the Transmitter. Then move slowly along the selected course in the same manner in which the checker-game was played. the shake of the head will be apt to arouse him to exert his will more actively. We cannot describe just what this sensation will feel like. slowly and one by one. We advise you to diligently practice this feat in private. Do not be in too much of a hurry to discard. being sure that the Transmitter is familiar with the card chosen. This may be improved upon by the Transmitter thinking of which player has won the trick. and then place it aside if you feel no "stop" orders from the mind of the Transmitter. and requires some little skill and practice. a "full-house. It consists in the audience selecting any given card from the pack. stand as above described. This latter is a fine effect. You must learn it by actually experiencing it in private practice. Then leading you around to the other player. you fail to feel the "heavy" feeling when you pick up the right card. so to speak. This feat is very effective indeed when properly performed. "No. when you will push the cards over to the winner. But . in the same manner. The Transmitter then should concentrate his mind on the card. shaking your head. so that when you finally reach it you will know it. for it is wonderfully effective. either by rail or by water. etc. and you will receive the "hold on" impulse immediately. and having found it will play it on the table. and repeat. Having previously practiced this feat in private you will have learned that peculiar "heavier" sensation that comes to you when you lift the right card from the pack. Then returning to the room. This feat may be improved by having the audience select a "poker-hand" such as a "flush. and then replacing it with the others.. and with your forefinger find the place from which the trip starts. and you will find it in the usual manner. and always brings the house down. As you pick up each card. If by the lack of concentration of the Transmitter. but there is no reason why any careful." just before you discard a card. Then alternate between the players.. Returning to the room you take the Transmitter´s hand as usual. and standing there have the player silently point out the card he wishes to lead. patient. and knows enough about cards to recognize it when he sees it again." "three-of-a-kind". having discovered the direction in the usual manner. until you have played out the game. and you find and play the card. and having you find the hand one card at a time. You will find that after a bit of practice you will be able to get the "heavy" feeling when you lift up and "weigh" the right card. and have the audience decide upon a trip between two points. You should perform this feat slowly.
you may try it by the "Simpler Method" given at the conclusion of this Lesson. or upon a large sheet of card-board. Do not be discouraged if you do not succeed at first trial. this is a complex and difficult one. else the feat will fail. even in public. Then by passing the finger slowly along the line. the chosen page is. while others require careful practice with it. This is a "ticklish" feat. This can be done by pressing the leaf to the right. The feat consists of the audience selecting a book from a pile. But do not give it up without the proper practice. by the methods already given in previous feats. after sufficient practice. and thereafter will have but little trouble in making the demonstration. If you find that you cannot master it to your satisfaction. Never attempt this feat in public without previous careful. It is well to have the Transmitter draw a pencil circle around the chosen word. of course. you should stand before it. THE CHOSEN WORD IN THE BOOK -DEMONSTRATION 6 Like the last feat. or bookcase. He must remember each card. BLACKBOARD DEMONSTRATIONS The following feats may be performed either upon a large blackboard hanging from the wall. try it by the "Simpler Method" given at the last part of this book. as you proceed with the discarding. so that he may be sure to remember it later. This part of the feat is almost identical with the last one. you first find the book. private. you should announce that you have found the leaf. and after a bit you will seem to "get the knack" all at once. then a given page is chosen then a line of printed matter on that page and then a word in that line. but it may be mastered by practice. but one that always arouses enthusiasm in an audience when well performed. for it requires the most delicate perception and skill. spread upon the table. When you get the proper impression. having thus found the page.. you will discover the Word when you reach it. It will repay you for the private practice which you will have to employ upon it. but try again. If you have carefully performed the previous feats. If satisfied that you are right. etc. in fact some people have found it almost as simple as some of the easier feats. or stiff paper. ascertain upon which side of the leaf. before you produce it in public. in which you picked up the cards from the pack. Then. pass your finger slowly down and back over the page several times. This center will be the chosen line. Then returning to the room. practice. until you get the impression of a center. you should have so developed yourself by this time that you should have no special difficulty in this feat. The book is then replaced on the shelf. then laying it flat on the table you should begin to slowly and deliberately pick each leaf up separately. until you get the right impression as to which way to press it down. If you find that you do not meet with the desired degree of success in this feat. in succession. or left. If the blackboard is used. or a book-shelf. and recognize it when it appears face up on the pack before you. the Transmitter standing in the .be sure that your Transmitter really knows and remembers the cards.
Impress upon the Transmitter that he is to think of the shape of the figure instead of merely remembering its name. which you should follow slowly. these drawing feats are easily performed. Let him feel that it is his Will that is really doing the work. which you will soon perceive. your Transmitter´s Will will be freely employed. THE WATCH NUMBER TEST -DEMONSTRATION 10 This feat of reading and drawing the number of a person´s watch is a variation of the last mentioned demonstration. for if the impression is not right you will soon be checked up. The feat is performed precisely in the manner described above. and he will pour the impressions into you." and you will soon begin to get an impression of "Right. and think intently of it." as the case may be. the Transmitter being cautioned to think of but one figure at a time during the drawing. Then hold your fingers pressing lightly forward. and not the word "eight. saying at the same time to your Transmitter: "Will hard now Will the Direction to me. and then the next. Then bring your pencil or chalk to a starting point. THE BANK NOTE TEST -DEMONSTRATION 9 Akin to the last two feats. the Transmitter in his usual place. the Transmitter should think of the shape of the figure.usual position. and he will exert it freely. until it is drawn. For instance if the figure "8" is thought of. . Be slow about it. and so on. and is performed in precisely the same way." or "Left." Then begin to circle your hand around over the blackboard just as you did when finding the place of the "beginning of the trip" of the demonstration mentioned a few minutes ago. It is very effective. and you are to draw it on the board or paper. DRAWING THE CHOSEN FIGURE -DEMONSTRATION 7 Have the audience select a number. THE LADY'S AGE -DEMONSTRATION 8 This is a variation of the above feat. is the reading of the number of a bank-note held in the hand of the Transmitter. the trouble being with the start." or "Down. for once you are started on the right track. It is performed in precisely the same manner as the preceding feat. You will find that the principle trouble is at the start. Be sure to have the Transmitter understand that he is to think of but one figure at a time. If the table is used. Once started. Fence around a little until you begin to get the impressions clearly. and impart to your hand a trembling vibratory motion as if in hesitation regarding the next movement. you should stand before it. before attempting it in a public demonstration. You should practice this feat frequently in private. A lady in the audience is asked to whisper her age in the ear of the Transmitter.
(instead of standing on your left side with his fingers grasped in your left hand. you may even write a letter through the Will of a good Transmitter. turning toward you and placing his right hand over yours. so easily and smoothly. so that the eye of the Transmitter may easily follow you at each step. By all means make yourself acquainted with its possibilities. The Underlying Rule In all of the "Drawing Demonstrations. The copy is placed on the table or blackboard." THE HIDDEN NAME -DEMONSTRATION 12 The same principle may be extended to the writing down of the name of a person. You should at least familiarize yourself with this method. but it is highly effective so far as simplifying the feat is concerned.e. so that the Transmitter may easily refer to it. by this method. His finger-tips with their nervous matter aroused into activity seem to fairly charge your fingers with "nervous energy.. Draw in large letters." is that of having the Transmitter stand by your right side. and the Will of the Transmitter will invariably lead you to the right direction. If you neglect this method." and your hand acts almost automatically. Practice this until you "get it down fine. such as the outline figure of a pig. This method is not nearly so good so far as appearances go. and are naturally receptive and sensitive to impressions." and often writes and draws the number figures. that they seem to be fairly "running away" from the mind of the performer. and then you proceed as in the feats above mentioned. for some critical members of the audience might object that he was in confederacy with you and really helping you to draw. The "Simpler Method" A simpler method of performing the feats and demonstrations which we have styled "The More Difficult Feats. under this method becomes almost like the motion of a "Planchette." In fact. you will have failed to acquaint yourself with one of the most startling features of Contact Mind Reading. if you are disposed. which so far touches the higher phenomena that is closely akin to what is known as "Automatic Writing. and phenomena." or "magnetism. town. letters. so as to be able to use it in emergencies.THE GEOMETRICAL FIGURE TEST -DEMONSTRATION 11 The same principle described in the above mentioned test may be extended to apply to the drawing of simple pictured. as heretofore mentioned). the tips of his fingers resting on your fingers between your large knuckles and first joints. etc. etc." you should remember the primary principle. etc. The motion of the Receivers hand and fingers. or in the case of a poor Transmitter. i. or else in the case of the more delicate and complex tests.. Follow the line of least Mental Resistance. . previously chosen by the audience.
We now pass on to a consideration of the more Sensational Feats. The Transmitters impress the direction upon him. THE COMBINATION LOCK FEAT This feat is employed either separately. But we consider such feats suitable only for the sensational advertisements of the professional performers. . and who is able to devote his entire time to the work. or the parlor demonstrator. with their arms on his shoulders. and attended by even dangerous features in the case of the driving feat. as his "bread and butter" is concerned therein. or in connection with the Driving Feat. It consists in the performer opening the combination safe of a hotel or some business establishment. and the manner of their performance. and always dependent upon more or less spectacular accessories. together with their countless variations. Once the sensitiveness is gained. In this case the Transmitter must know the combination perfectly. which point is usually a hotel previously selected by a public committee. are as follows: THE DRIVING FEAT This is performed by the performer. may be able to reproduce this feat of the professional performer. Of course one must have cultivated a great degree of sensitiveness to mental impressions before he will be able to receive and respond to the direction impressions in this case. or having hold of his hands. and the principles governing it are precisely the same. The feat is really a spectacular reproduction of the familiar feats described in previous chapters. driving a team along the public streets to some selected point. Sensational Feats IN ADDITION to the feats given in this work. who is in constant daily practice. and he follows the line of Least mental Resistance. The performer receives his impressions from members of the committee who are seated beside him on the carriage seat. And yet almost any person by following the directions given in this work. which. Upon reaching the hotel the performer goes to the hotel register. or even connected with him by wire." These feats are described here in order that the student may understand the nature of them. and carefully and repeatedly practicing the various feats and demonstrations given herein. the details of the work are nothing more than those employed in any of the "finding" or "drawing" feats herein described and explained. and his mental impressions acting upon the performer give him the cue to turn "right" or "left" or "repeat" as the case may be. form the stock in trade of the majority of the professional Mind Readers. there are a number of other feats essayed by the public performers which we have seen fit to group under the general title "Sensational Feats. And therefore we do not offer them for reproduction by the private student. turns the pages and finds the name previously selected. blindfolded as usual. The principal Sensational Feats performed by the professionals.
If the student wishes to do so. and confusion following upon the sensational Mind Reading demonstration is calculated to cause great excitement and interest in the town. the office being located some distance from the place of meeting. in which the performer. The purpose of the sensational feat is primarily to gain free advertisements for the public performers. thus triumphantly completing the feat. the student will see that it is merely a variation of the ordinary "finding" feat performed in the parlor. and are but "improvements" upon the simple parlor feats. but there is nothing more wonderful about it than about the simplest "finding" feat. dragging the Transmitter with him. dragging the Transmitter with him. THE POST OFFICE FEAT Another feat favored by some of the professional performers is that of having a letter placed in a post office lock-box. for they are all cut from the same cloth. using it as a test alarm for the department as well. Some public officials allow this test to be performed." but to no real benefit to the student. Divesting this feat of all its sensational features. Variations We might enlarge our list of "Sensational Feats. with sensational accompaniments. the key of which is given the performer at a point some distance from the post office. "Fake Demonstrations" Exposed . This feat. he may invent a dozen similar feats. As scientific demonstrations they have but very slight value. which usually results in packed houses at the night entertainment. It creates a great sensation. But the test is really nothing but a variation of the simple "finding the spot" demonstration. then up the stairs. The performer then rushes along the public streets. as every student will see. the smoke. Rushing through the public streets. is merely a variation of the simpler feats manifested in a sensational manner for the purpose of public advertisement. and up to the desk.THE OFFICE DETECTIVE FEAT In this feat the public committee picks out an object on the desk. discovers the location of a certain fire-alarm box. and lo! The object is found. until the office is reached. or about the office of some one of its members. with the permission of the city officials. THE FIRE-ALARM FEAT This feat is another "free advertisement" demonstration. just as sensational and just as effective. the performer finds the post office in the usual way. and into the room selected. and the sight and sound of the clanging fire-engines. and turns on the alarm with the key which had been previously loaned to him. into which he inserts the key and extracts the letter. or other place. and then locates the lock-box.
or "Telepathic Mind Reading.In concluding this part of the book. and similar means. is as the "wireless telegraph" when compared to the ordinary telegraph using wires. however. Others employ sleight-of-hand. In other words the Mind Reading that is employed in the feats and demonstrations given. are commonly used in such exhibitions. in order that they may get a clue to some of the various counterfeit exhibitions of Mind Reading which are being advertised by some of the public performers. Higher Phenomena IN THE demonstrations described and explained in the previous parts of this work. or legerdemain. we have given you the theories held by scientific men regarding the nature of the waves or currents that proceed from one mind to another. the mental impressions travel from one mind to another over the channels of the "telegraphic wires" of the nervous system of the Transmitter and Receiver. many steps in fact. still when the advanced student passes on to the field of the Higher Phenomena he is destined to meet with marvelous results which in some cases almost surpass belief. The student of this work should have acquired a sufficient knowledge of its underlying principles to enable him to distinguish between the genuine and the spurious when he sees an exhibition. who give fine exhibitions of the genuine phenomena. which he and his confederate had carefully memorized. We do not propose going into this matter in detail. the nervous system of the two persons furnishing a very close counterpart to the telegraphic wire. But there is a step beyond this. This code was worked by the plan of asking the blindfolded "Mind Reader" to name the object. we wish to warn our students against some of the so-called "Mind Readers" who are traveling around the country giving exhibitions of so-called Mind Reading which while interesting enough in themselves are nothing but cleverly disguised devices intended to counterfeit the genuine phenomena. The majority of these performers have a series of cleverly arranged "signal-codes" by which the confederate conveys to the "Mind Reader" the name and description of the article handed to the former by some one of the audience." when compared to the Contact Mind Reading. is akin to the ordinary "telegraphic current" traveling over the wires from sending station to receiving station. and when you remember that each word. You can see the possibilities of this when you remember the many different ways in which the same question may be asked. there are many good works published on "Legerdemain" which will satisfy his curiosity. But we think it well to call the attention of our students to the same. . Prepared pads of paper upon which questions are written. One of the principal performers in this line in this country had a signal code of over five-thousand objects. While the "Contact Mind Reading" which we have described and explained is surely wonderful enough to attract the attention of all thinking minds. etc. This Higher Phenomena of Mind Reading. There are other public performers. in order to produce the illusion. In Lesson 1 of this book. and combination of words. for such is not the purpose of this work. If any wish to know more about the counterfeit. conveys a distinct and separate meaning to the blindfolded one.
and when the demonstrator would enter the room he would receive a sudden mental impression of the word "knife. The anatomists and physiologists confess their ignorance of the function and purpose of the Pineal Gland. and sometimes some of the more complicated ones. and upon going to the designated spot the knife would be found. cone-shaped. This Pineal Gland is. and it remains for the Occultists to explain its real nature. according to the Occultists. which have been experienced by him during the course of his work." and in fact it resembles the actual receiver of the wireless telegraph in more than one respect. In order to develop the ability to produce the Higher Phenomena. which is the receiving and registering of the waves or currents. We allude to what is known as "The Pineal Gland" theory. We think it will be interesting to many of you to know that certain Occultists have their own theory regarding this matter. or object. which while not widely known is still of the greatest interest to earnest students of the scientific side of the subject. It is a compact mass of nervous matter." followed by the impression "under the sofa-pillow. and after the feat is demonstrated he will realize to his astonishment that he has performed the principal part of the feat without contact at all. At other times he will find that even before he has made the physical contact with the Transmitter. he will receive a flash of mental impression which will enable him to proceed to the selected location. He may be almost unconscious of this fact." etc. for the reason that he was so much immersed and absorbed in his work that he did not have time to think of these details. at once.. We have known of cases in which a pocket-knife was the selected and hidden object. and of a reddish-gray color. will find that at times he is able to do away with the physical contact. the receiving instrument for the "wireless Mind Reading.and the mechanism by which these waves are registered. containing a quantity of what has been called "brain-sand" which is composed of very small particles of gritty matter. He will loosen his hold upon the hand of the Transmitter. and at times will sever the contact entirely. the best course is for the student to frequently practice the demonstration and experiments of Contact Mind . In well developed cases the receiver may perform the simple feats. Demonstrations Without A Transmitter These experiences will become so frequent and so strong that he may often (in the cases of peculiarly sensitive people) perform the entire feat without the physical contact of the Transmitter and perhaps without any Transmitter at all. The First Steps In the first place the student who is practicing the experiments given in previous chapters. nearly above the top of the spinal column. and who is making the demonstrations given there. Every person who carefully practices the demonstrations given in this book will be able to add actual experiences of this kind. The Pineal Gland is a small gland. situated in the brain about the middle of the skull. merely by the aid of the Concentrated Will of the audience. of his own. or vibrations of thought and Will received from another person.
After a while. etc. A number of these experiments may be thought of by an ingenious person. and number in turn. a cup. as this will develop the receptive faculties of the mind. naming color. then "forward". and you should take that one step without thought of the succeeding ones. and endeavor to will that the student shall "guess" the right number. almost from the first. in his hand. remembering always that the "guess" is not a guess at all. or with harmonious and sympathetic friends. Exercises For Development He may also try the experiment of having a friend hold a certain number of small buttons. Pick out some friend with whom you have established a strong rapport condition by means of his having acted as your Transmitter in your Contact Mind Reading experiments. Then wait patiently for impressions. space apparently presenting no obstacle to the passage of the thought waves. It will be well to practice this experiment with members of your family. but an attempt to register the mental impression of the Transmitter. An object has been previously selected. Have the transmitter sit in his room at the appointed time. such as a knife. and the audience wills "to the right". etc. Remember he should think of the looks or appearance of the object not merely of its name. that is. the student endeavoring to "guess" the card drawn from the pack. Then the student may occasionally practice with a few sympathetic and harmonious friends. The audience should Will only one step at a time. A similar experiment with the pack of cards.. suit. gazing intently at some small simple object. as heretofore described." etc. you should get the mental picture of a book. The mind should be held as receptive as possible. or whatever object was thought of by the Transmitter.Reading. a book. endeavoring to reproduce the demonstrations without physical contact. He should think of the shape." At the same time you should sit quietly in your room. . placing yourself in the same passive. instead of thinking the word "book. then "a little lower down. and endeavoring to make a clear mental picture of it. Take your time. and by having practiced Rhythmic Breathing. if successful.. a glass. which picture he should also Will to be reproduced in your mind. Long Distance Experiments Experiments of "wireless" Mind Reading or Telepathy may be tried between friends at long distances.. and do not let hurry or anxiety enter your mind. etc. may afford successful results. until the object is found just as was the case when the Transmitter sends the impressions. and you enter blindfolded.. Your audience is seated in the room. receptive mental attitude that you have acquired and practiced in your Contact Mind Readings. Some people attain a surprising proficiency in this work. "open" to vibrations. You stand in the center of the room. of the book. Reproducing The Sperry Feats The well-known "Willing Game" will afford you an opportunity to develop this faculty of "wireless" Mind Reading.
instead of the dead. is akin to the "Automatic Writing" known to all students of Occultism. while the Receiver places himself in the usual receptive. Stead. The Transmitter concentrates his thought and Will in the usual manner. the principle being the same in all cases. It will be well for both the Transmitter and the Receiver to keep a written record of the time of each experiment. But instead of the Receiver merely sitting as usual. and it may be that some of the students of this work are destined to add to the scientific testimony on the subject. the well-known London editor and investigator of Psychic Phenomena. The Stead Experiments Mr. in order to conduct the scientific experiment. passive state of mind. in order to try these experiments in the Higher Phenomena. awaiting investigation. Under good conditions. the pencil will begin to twitch and move feebly. He found that he was really coming in contact with the thought-waves emanating from the minds of the living. Several objects may be thought of at a sitting of say five minutes apart. a careful record being kept by both parties of the time. The hands and fingers should allow it full and free motion. The above simple directions are all that are necessary. The "Automatic Writing" Experiments Another way of conducting experiments along the lines of the Higher Phenomena of Mind Reading. He holds the pencil lightly between his fingers. with its point touching the paper and then awaits the impressions. Other investigators have reproduced his experiments with marvelous results. and object. and as the degree of success depends upon the degree of rapport. and awaits the impressions. he draws his chair to a table. and after a time was able to write out full letters embodying the thoughts in the minds of persons of his acquaintance. In many experiments the word or object thought of by the Transmitter will be written out. and others. . or drawn in full by the hand of the Receiver acting automatically.This experiment may be varied from time to time. He persisted in his experiments along these lines. There is a great field here. so that a later comparison may show the result of the experiments. they may mail each other copies of their record for comparison. it is of the greatest importance that you find some person with whom you are in harmonious vibration. Some experimenters succeed much better with this plan than with the more common method. After a few moments of indecision the pencil will often begin to write out words. W. having a soft pencil in his hand and a pad of paper on the table before him. In case of the two people being in different cities. after waiting a time. Rapport Conditions There is a great difference in the degree of rapport existing between different people. and the objects thought of. discovered this method while he was experimenting along the lines of Automatic Writing from disembodied souls.T.
In fact there seems to be a sort of spontaneous action in the production of the Higher Phenomena. the principle is the same.We will not burden the student with recitals experiments to perform in this Higher Phenomena demonstration. and harmony. Concluding this chapter on the Higher Phenomena of Mind Reading. we would say to the students that very few of them will have the perseverance to continue their experiments beyond the point of Contact Mind Reading. a thought. whether it be tried at long-range.. The feat is the same. or in the same room. while the Receiver assumes a passive. The underlying principle is that the Transmitter thinks intently upon the appearance of the object or thing.. Smith and Mr. But to those who wish to push into the Unknown as far as they may do so. The Transmitter may think of a card. If you will carefully read this report again. and comparatively little labor. a place. a feeling. . Contact Mind Reading is far more satisfactory to the average person. or perhaps the simplest forms of the Higher Phenomena. He may readily devise experiments for himself. the experiments may be varied without end the principle is the same in each case. while other days will be almost barren of result. While on the contrary the results of the demonstrations of the Higher Phenomena are less constant except in the cases of very highly developed Receivers. this field of the Higher Phenomena of Mind Reading offers a fascination and attraction difficult to express to those who have not experienced it. etc. a name. And it makes no difference in the nature of the experiment or test. receptive desire to receive the impression. The Transmitter manifests an Active Will to transmit the mental image. to the report of the experiments with Mr. for its results are very constant indeed. The Blackburn-Smith Experiments As a further suggestion to the student. But. the other is all Desire. without limit. we would refer him to Lesson 2 of this work. Blackburn. and the Receiver endeavors to receive the impression. without contact. etc. some days will prove highly successful. time and trouble are necessary to make the demonstrations. working with Transmitters in almost perfect rapport. from the examples given in connection with the Contact Mind Reading. The one is all Will. a scene. bless your hearts. or else upon the feeling connected with it if it be a feeling instead of an object. not as yet fully understood by science. and the degree of success depends more or less upon some conditions of the mental world. an object. Then the average experiments along the lines of the Higher Phenomena. you will find a wealth of suggestions regarding the forms of demonstrations.
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